Every Life is a Story-Every Story has a Life. I love to write stories to inspire. Biographies, film reviews, and a touch of humor. Life is for learning, always.

ILLUMINATION / FICTION STORIES

At least, my family thinks I am

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The play on words aside, a better fiction writer is what I aspire to be, and reading better writers like Liam Ireland and Britni Pepper inspire me to pick up my game. Finding these terrific writers on ILLUMINATION-Curated and ILLUMINATION has somehow lit a fire in my brain.

Their inspiration and my own love for ‘the story’ has become the spark that propels me. Money is a lovely and useful thing to have with the right perspective, but writing stories that resonate are for me, the ultimate prize.

As a filmmaker, I have always been drawn to visual narratives and the kinds of stories that stir the mind with imagery and symbolism. …


Cinema — Myths and Meaning🎥

How to get more from your viewing experience

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Movies of the past still hold magical powers of imagery and symbolism that resonate today.

If you appreciate the artistry and detail that goes into filmmaking and you would like to explore cinema’s rich and diverse history with a discerning eye, please join me on a journey of rediscovery. You may even find a few new surprises along the way.

Each month, I will offer up two or three titles for viewing at your leisure. My goal is to explore these selections in detail and how they connect with today’s world. Exploring genres and film conventions in ways you may have never considered, I hope to spark a discussion about the art form and conjure new ideas about cinema’s great classics. …


No thanks. Not buying it.

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Experts will have us believe there is a phenomenon that exists every third January called, Blue Monday.

Does it really exist?

Only if you let it.

Fifteen years ago, a British travel company concocted this depressing term to attract more vacation buyers craving sunny destinations. Somehow, since then, the term has become part of the vernacular around colder parts of the world.

How did that happen, you ask?

Perhaps, because of another worn-out phrase that permeates our thoughts at this time of year.

Misery loves company!

Of course, this is a sentiment shared by so many people, it represents just the right soft spot for good marketers to take advantage. And, who can blame them? …


FICTION |SHORT STORY

Another Catchphrase short story

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Harry sat solemnly in the back of a police cruiser, trying to figure how a lost shoe could turn his whole life upside down. He watched out the car window as Grimson conferred with the police officer.

The officer left the security man and came to the car door. Opening it he said to Harry, “You’re in a lot of trouble, mister.”

“For what?”, Harry shot back, “Holding a man at shoe point?”

“You may think you’re pretty funny, Sharp. But, I don’t!”, replied the cop as he slammed the door shut on Harry.

Shoeless and disheartened, Harry slumped in the back of the cruiser as it raced toward the police station. Upon arrival at the station, he was booked and fingerprinted and put in a holding cell. The desk Sargent informed Harry he would have to spend the weekend before appearing in court. …


FICTION |SHORT STORY

Another Catchphrase short story

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Harry decided it was finally time to make a major change in his life. For the last fifteen years, he had been a loyal and dependable sales associate at a major department store. But, this was the beginning of another new year, and now it was time for Harry to make a big change.

He was a friendly and helpful assistant with customers visiting the men’s department, always with a little joke or story at the ready for his regulars. Harry enjoyed telling stories for people, and he loved to entertain whilst performing his job. …


ACROSTIC | POETRY

Be part of a bigger, better future when you GIVE BACK

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Gather your thoughts and listen closely to the world outside

Invest in others as you would yourself; savour their gifts

Venture to new places never before discovered

Experience all that is creative, especially those unlike you.

Become part of a growing community where ideas abound,

And flourish together in the light of sharing and reciprocation

Contribute to the successes of others around you, and you will

Know your day has been spent to the best of its potential.

As always, thanks for taking the time. Medium is a two-way street.

Dr Mehmet Yildiz Tree Langdon Liam Ireland Myriam Ben Salem Jessica Lynn Terry Mansfield Terry Trueman Britni Pepper Terry L. Cooper Thewriteyard Dew Langrial Phil Truman Agnes Laurens Rebecca Sealfon Jennifer Friebely Joe…


Prepare yourself before you leap into the abyss

The cursor moves swiftly up the page to the green button on the top right. I watch from above as my finger slides across the keyboard and hovers over the ‘Enter” key.

CLICK!

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I bolt awake from a deep sleep, screaming into the night.

“Nooooo!!!”

Throwing off the covers, I jump to the floor in a dead run for the office where you left your computer. Stumbling, I trip over the dog who has leapt out of bed with me in blind loyalty. Poor things, they’re always bearing the brunt of our clumsiness.

My partner is grumbling their disdain from the bed, but nothing matters now as I hastily bring the laptop to life. Seconds are now an eternity as I wait, panic-stricken, for the infernal machine to complete the startup process. …


Into the realm of cinematic excellence

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A little escapism is a very good thing right about now, don’t you think?

Movies have been a welcome foray into alternate worlds for as long as they’ve existed. When the real world has seemed at its darkest, movie theatres have traditionally thrived with patrons looking for a place to forget about life for a while.

Now, with a plentiful supply of technology to stream or broadcast films into our own homes, dipping into the vast pool of cinema’s finest is made much easier.

I invite you to join me in discovering, and rediscovering some of the best the art form has to offer. I include films that provoke deeper thought, a discussion of various film genres, and a few pictures that depict a lighter side. …

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